Graduate English Society
The purpose of the Graduate English Society is to promote professionalism, collegiality, and collaboration within our department to provide an added dimension and resource to the graduate experience. All graduate students in the Department of English are welcome and encouraged to join. While each domain of the graduate program offers students membership to specific organizations salient to his or her concentration, the GES affords participants the opportunity to network and collaborate across those domains. Through participation in this organization, students will gain resources, build relationships, and develop professionally.
Statement of Purpose
The Graduate English Society (GES) at Texas Tech University is a student organization dedicated to providing opportunities for English graduate students to participate in the Texas Tech University academic community. Membership is free of charge. Each year, the GES Conference showcases presentations and papers of English graduate students. We encourage all GES members to share their research at this conference. The GES also serves to facilitate communication between English graduate students and faculty in an effort to promote intradepartmental camaraderie and disclosure. In addition to these benefits, GES members are frequently appointed to serve on departmental committees and advocate student interests.
2016 Marathon Reading
GES, together with Sigma Tau Delta, hosted a marathon reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with proceeds going to Literacy Lubbock.
On April 1-2, the GES hosted a Marathon Reading event to benefit Literacy Lubbock, the GES, and Sigma Tau Delta. The event raised over $1100 in total. Here, Kerry Manzo, incoming president, presents Lynda Dutton, Executive Director of Literacy Lubbock, with a check for $580.
Agendas, Times, and Locations
Fall Meet-and-Greet Luncheon
- Thursday, 15 September 2016
- To be determined
- August 30, 2016
- March 3, 2016
- February 18, 2016
- February 9, 2016
- February 4, 2016
- January 20, 2016
- November 19, 2015
President: Kerry Manzo
Vice President: Leah Heilig
Treasurer: Luke Morgan
Secretary: Kate Simonian
Grant Writer: Brandy Bippes
Reading Groups and Series
|Queer Theory Reading Group||6PM - Every other Thursday||Gatsby's|
|Ecocriticism Reading Group||6PM - Second Wednesday, Monthly||Host and Toast|
|Medieval Reading Group||9AM - Second Tuesday, Monthly||J&B's Coffee|
September 24 | Katie Cortese
October 1 | David Trinidad
October 8 | David Tomas Martinez
October 15 | Aviya Kushner
October 29 | Merritt Tierce
November 5 | Curtis Bauer and Kurt Caswell
February 4 | Diane McWhorter
February 11 | Todd Boss
February 25 | FAMILY RESEMBLANCE
April 14 | William Wenthe
April 28 | Dennis Covington
May 5 | Mara Nasell
Achievements and Defenses
- Congratulations to Chloe Honum, a PhD student in creative writing, whose collection The Tulip-Flame has been named a finalist in Poetry in the 2015 PEN CENTER USA Literary Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in American letters.
- Congratulations to Scott Morris whose nonfiction piece "My Library" has been selected for publication in the Superstition Review.
- Congratulations to Joya Mannan, third-year Ph.D. student in Literature, for winning the Texas Tech Alumni Association's Student Leadership Award. Joya has contributed greatly as both a participant and leader in the GES, the Book History Club, the Letterpress Studio, and Digital Humanities initiatives.
- Rebecca Gayle Howell, Dissertation Defense
On behalf of the graduate program in English, it is hereby announced that Rebecca Gayle Howell is scheduled to defend her doctoral dissertation, "Must be the Devil: Poems" on Monday, October 19 at 12 pm in Room 201 of the English-Philosophy Building. The defense is scheduled to last approximately two hours. A dissertation defense is a public event, and all are welcome to attend.
- Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk, Dissertation Defense
Please join us for the dissertation defense of Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk on Wednesday, September 30th at 10 am in English building 201. Ashlynn's dissertation is entitled: “Is this normal? Why are you staring? Real freak shows run over at the intersection: A multimodal approach to rhetorical analysis of disability and reality television.” Ashlynn's dissertation committee is: Dr. Sean Zdenek, Dr. Ken Baake, and Dr. Amy Koerber. The dissertation defense is a public event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. A dissertation defense is a public event, and all are welcome to attend.